A key feature of AWE is the nurturing, supportive community that is quickly created by the workshop leaders and the adventuresome, like-minded participants who share the experience. The workshop leaders are gifted teachers who are passionate about sharing their expertise with the participants, whether they be beginning or advanced. The sense of community and working together in an atmosphere of collaboration is highlighted by the evening round table discussions, where participants share their daily experiences over a relaxed glass of wine. The opportunity to network with participants from around the world creates enduring friendships that last a lifetime. The possibility to participate in and contribute to the success of the program brings the community together and adds a special dimension.
YOUR DIRECTOR, ART INSTRUCTOR, & CREATIVE GUIDE
Lizzi Rioux is an artist and art educator in Plymouth, MA. She earned a Bachelor of Art in Art Education at University of Massachusetts and a Master of Art in Fine Arts and Education at Cambridge College. She teaches art to middle school students, graduate classes and individual and group lessons. She continually fine tunes her skills as a painter and participates in festivals throughout the United States and Canadian Maritimes where she has been awarded for her works. Lizzi has achieved two Arty Awards both in 2012 and 2017 for recognition of persons and organizations who stood out in support of local arts and culture during the previous year. Additionally, Lizzi was awarded the “Peoples Choice” award in 2015 for her work at the Prince Edward Island Plein Air festival. She launched AWE in the south of France in August 2018 and the program was beyond successful for all 17 participants from around the world that attended. Her belief that everyone is an artist and love and expertise of art education was her inspiration to create AWE the Arts & Wellness Experience.
YOUR INSTRUCTOR & CREATIVE GUIDE
Peter Richenburg is a New England native and lives on Cape Cod Massachusetts. He is a noted artist and instructor both nationally and internationally. His award winning pastels of the New England coast and related motifs can be found in homes, galleries, Inns and businesses. His work has been featured at The Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art. One of his pieces recently took “Best in Show” at The Cape Cod Art Association’s masters’ show. Peter is an accomplished instructor and his experience ranges from the high school International Baccalaureate and AP programs to University instruction. In addition, he has conducted numerous seminars and workshops. He is a recent recipient of Concordia Universality’s esteemed Master Educator Award. His extensive degrees are as follows: AA Concordia University, Bronxville, NY, BS ED, Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, M ED, Lindenwood University, MFA Lindenwood University. Pete’s philosophy is that the world is astoundingly beautiful and frequently thrilling. It is filled with visual pleasures and surprises galore. Awakening and nurturing that artist who resides within all of us is one of his greatest pleasures.
KAREN MCNEIL YOUR YOGI, TAI CHI, QIGONG & WELLNESS GUIDE
Karen has been studying, practicing, and teaching Yoga for 25 years and Tai Chi and Qigong for 19 years. Her journey of incorporating the 3,000 year old practices of Tai Chi and Qigong began after inviting a Tai Chi master to her Michigan studio; Yoga and the Living Arts. Since then she has further built upon her knowledge of Yoga and expanded her studies under the guidance of Dr. Paul Lam, Ken Cohen, and Richard Leirer. In 2017 she traveled to China where she studied with Master Chen Bing, Master Minguye, and Master Zhou. Karen enjoys being both a student and a teacher and has established her private practice; One to One, in Naples, Florida. She connects her students to nature while guiding them through these practices in the Naples Botanical Gardens. Karen continually creates opportunities for self discovery by integrating mind, body, and breath to enhance personal well being.
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YOUR CHEF, COOKING INSTRUCTOR, & WINE CONNOISSEUR
Julie is a professional French chef that grew up in Soissons in the Aisne (northern France) and currently lives in the beautiful village of Saint-Pavace, France. After a career in business and finance, she decided to follow her gift and passion for cooking and started her successful business cooking, catering, and teaching business, J Prends Gôut. A lifelong learner of French cuisine, Julie obtained her AFPA and HACCP training for food hygiene certification so that she could exercise her profession in the respect and health of her customers. In addition, she obtained her Exploitation License so that she can offer wines that perfectly accompany each dish prepared. Julie’s expertise in French cuisine is incomparable and she believes that it is in the pleasure of preparing and sharing a good meal that truly makes people come together.
JOSH RIOUX YOUR CULTURAL GUIDE & ANTIQUE EXPERT